Brighton man to be sentenced for threatening woman’s life

Posted On 04 Nov 2018 at 11:53 am

A Brighton refuse worker faces the prospect of prison when he is sentenced for threatening to kill a woman he attacked in Moulsecoomb two months ago.

Marcus Antoniou, 43, of Stephens Road, Hollingdean, pleaded guilty to making threats to kill the woman and common assault on Tuesday 4 September.

Sussex Police said: “At 11.50pm a 19-year-old woman was walking in Hodshrove Lane, near to Moulsecoomb Primary School.

“She saw a man on a motorbike parked at the bottom of Hodshrove Lane junction with Lewes Road.

“He grabbed her and pushed her against the railings.

“He put his hand in her mouth and she managed to bite his finger to get away.

“The 43-year-old, a refuse worker, from Stephens Road, Brighton, was arrested and charged.

“He pleaded guilty at Hove Crown Court on Friday (2 November).

“His sentence date is yet to be set.

“Detectives are continuing to investigate the incident earlier the same night.

“An 18-year-old woman was grabbed near to Saunders Park at 11.05pm on Tuesday 4 September.

“The man grabbed her, snatched her mobile from her hand and threw it into a nearby bush and threatened her.

“A passer-by heard her scream and intervened and the man walked off.

“Anyone with information or who saw what happened is asked to contact police online quoting Operation Westdown.”

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